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Drag – QNotes

Moving Beyond The Evil Queens

Tell Trinity

A reader asks: “I’m a drag queen who competes in pageants. So many of the queens are so evil to me for some reason. Is there hope for a nice queen?”

Getting Out of Getting Caught

Tell Trinity

A reader asks: “I got caught shoplifting and after promising to never go in their store again they still want to press charges. How do I get them to drop the charges?”

Archives Aim to Preserve Southern Queer History

LGBTQ History Month Retrospectives from the LGBT History Project

When Spectrum, the undergraduate LGBTQ student group at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, launched in 1983, it became a resource not just for those on campus but for queer people living in that part of the South.

Reality TV Goes Drag

‘Queens of the Queen City’ Goes Behind the Scenes of Charlotte’s Drag Scene

Released July 17 on Instagram Original TV (IGTV), the fresh new reality show “Queens of the Queen City” portrays the lives of five Charlotte drag queens uncovering what life is like as a drag queen in Charlotte, N.C. both on and off the stage. Season 1 was scheduled to air 13 episodes, but production halted in March due to setbacks related to COVID-19. The show has resumed production and is nearly halfway through filming for Season 2.

The 1953 Gay Raid in Waco

LGBTQ History Month Retrospectives from the LGBT History Project

On Saturday, April 11, 1953, nearly 70 gay men packed into a small four-room house at 2117 S. 19th St. in Waco, Texas, about 10 blocks from Baylor University.

Setting the Bar for Generosity

Local Groups Raise Funds to Keep Bars Open

As the closures have lengthened to nearly eight months already, many community social spots began receiving financial aid from both government and community resources. As previously reported by qnotes, several local bars have been struggling to pay rent and keep staff employed.

Our People: Justin ‘J.’ Clapp

Drag Performer, Activist, Educator

Justin Clapp, more commonly known as J. Clapp, is the interim executive director at the LGBTQ Center of Durham in North Carolina. Clapp also holds two other positions: one as a director at Duke University in the university’s Office of Access and Outreach, and the other as founder and chair of Pride: Durham.